Senior (2011) ... Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Appeared in 46 games, starting 38 -- 29 at designated player and nine in rightfield ... Established career highs in hits (26), runs (15), doubles (8) and RBI (22) ... Went 5-for-13 with four RBI and three runs scored in NCAA Regional play (May 20-22) ... Used a two-out single to leftfield to plate the go-ahead run in the sixth inning vs. Notre Dame ... Went 2-for-2 with a RBI and run scored at Michigan State (May 14) ... Drove in U-M's first run on a pinch-hit sac fly in a seventh-inning 3-2 comeback vs. Iowa (April 24) ... Drove in the tying run on a fifth-inning RBI single against Northwestern (March 26) ... Went 2-for-4 vs. Notre Dame (March 19) ... Garnered two RBI with a run scored vs. Ball State (March 5) ... Tallied two hits with a RBI double vs. Maine (Feb. 27) ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBI doubles vs. UCF (Feb. 25) ... Went 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored vs. Ohio ... Kicked off season with a 2-for-3 performance in the opener vs. Southern Illinois (Feb. 11).
Junior (2010) ... Appeared in 29 games, starting four at designated player ... Hit .190 (4-for-21) as Michigan's primary pinch hitter ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored against Kentucky (May 1) ... Tallied two hits in Big Ten play -- singles against Northwestern (April 17) and Indiana-1 (April 8) ... Tallied a game-ending RBI single in the fifth inning against South Carolina at the Easton SEC/Midwest Classic (March 7) ... Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored against Oklahoma State at the Tiger Classic (Feb. 21).
Sophomore (2009) ... Appeared in 29 games, starting three as designated player ... Earned a career-high 36 at bats ... Registered a pinch-hit RBI single through the leftside gap in the sixth inning vs. Iowa (May 3) ... Tallied a career-best two hits with an RBI against host Louisville at the Louisville Tournament (March 7) ... Accepted a pinch-hit, based-loaded walk in the seventh vs. Houston at the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 28) ... Belted out fourth career grand slam in the sixth inning vs. Saint Louis at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Feb. 15), providing U-M the 12-1 run-rule decision.
Freshman (2008) ... Appeared in 20 games, starting two as designated player ... Tallied 21 RBI in just 22 at bats ... Batted .714 in bases-loaded scenarios with five hits and 16 RBI ... Knocked out two pinch-hit home runs in NCAA Regional play, posting the game-winning grand slam in the fifth vs. Wright State (May 16) and blasting the game-winning three-run shot in the fourth vs. Notre Dame (May 17) ... Belted out two grand slams in a three at-bat stretch against Eastern Michigan (April 16) and Ohio State (April 19), pushing U-M to run-rule margin both times ... Drove in Michigan's only run vs. Northwestern-1 with a sixth-inning RBI single ... Smacked a two-RBI single to rightfield with bases loaded in sixth inning at Wisconsin-2 (April 11) ... Tallied bases-loaded RBI vs. Indiana (March 29) and Miami (March 15) on a HBP and base hit, respectively ... Scored a run in collegiate debut against Auburn (Feb. 24).
Prep ... Graduated from Owosso High School (2007) ... National Honor Society ... Four-year Honor Roll ... OHS Academic Excellence Award (2006, '07) ... MHSSCA Academic All-State (2007) ... 2007 OHS Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year ... Michigan's 2007 Miss Softball runner-up ... Four-time All-Big 9 Conference first team selection (2004, '05, '06, '07) ... Four-time all-district and two-time all-region (2005, '07) ... Set 18 Owosso HS school records, including career hits (210), career RBI (154), career wins (48) and career strikeouts (600) ... Three-time OHS team captain and MVP (2005, '06, '07) ... Also participated in volleyball.
Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in physical education... Born on October 16, 1989 ... Daughter of Joe and Donna Powers.
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